Allstream's IP fibre network expansion program continues to generate strong IP sales momentum throughout the fourth quarter

Stock Symbol:  MBT

TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream today said that its focus on expanding its IP fibre network into targeted markets across Canada continued to generate strong new sales wins with 46 new IP contracts signed in the fourth quarter of 2011.

"Our sales progress speaks to the continued popularity of IP-based services in the business telecommunications market in Canada," said Dean Prevost, President, Allstream.  "We look forward to transitioning into the New Year with the same momentum."

In support of its objectives of winning high-margin on-net business and driving growth in IP services, Allstream is expanding its IP fibre access into buildings across Canada.  Allstream has connected 299 buildings since the beginning of 2011, including 75 in the fourth quarter, bringing Allstream's total number of fibre-fed building's to 2,388 as of December 31, 2011.

Some of the customers that signed contracts to connect to Allstream's 30,000 kilometre IP fibre network in the fourth quarter of 2011 include Ad knowledge, Caltech Surveys, TEOPS Canada Corporation, dys architecture, Trispec Communications, Heathbridge Capital Management, Vivonet Canada, IBI Group, Voyer Marketing & Associés and World Trade Group (North America).

About Allstream
Allstream is Canada's all-business communications provider, focusing and delivering on the business customer's solutions.  For more information on Allstream services and solutions, please visit our website at

Allstream is a subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS Allstream). As one of Canada's leading national communication solutions companies, MTS Allstream provides innovative communications for the way Canadians want to live and work today. The Company has more than 100 years of experience, with 5,500 employees across Canada dedicated to a mission of delivering true value as seen through the eyes of our customers. MTS Allstream has nearly two million total customer connections spanning business customers across Canada and residential consumers throughout the province of Manitoba. The Company's extensive national broadband and fibre optic network spans almost 30,000 kilometres. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s common shares are listed on Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). Customers, stakeholders and investors who want to learn more about MTS Allstream are encouraged to visit:

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SOURCE MTS Allstream Inc.

For further information:

Kristin Foster
Corporate Communications
(416) 644-2411

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